Transfers De Jong fuels Barcelona transfer talk as Ajax wait on offers Chris Burton 03:42 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PROSHOTS Transfers Barcelona Ajax Eredivisie Primera División The 21-year-old midfielder is among those being considered by the Camp Nou club as they seek to bring in a suitable replacement for Andres Iniesta Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is unable to rule out a summer move to Barcelona after being identified as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta.Goal revealed recently that the 21-year-old has registered on the transfer radar at Camp Nou for some time.Initial contact has been made with Ajax, with tentative talks held before Barca discovered that Antoine Griezmann would be snubbing them to remain at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move With that switch ruled out, the La Liga giants have money to invest in other areas – with De Jong considered to be a useful addition for the present and future.The Netherlands U21 international is aware of the rumours and concedes that something could be done, telling AT5: “Of course, you can never promise that [staying at Ajax] as a footballer.“There may be a club tomorrow that offers so much that you are away. But, as it stands, I play at Ajax.“First, I have to get fit. And just see if I can play football a bit, then we’ll see further.”Quizzed specifically on the links to Barcelona, De Jong added: “I do not really read the Spanish newspapers.“Right now it is not so serious for me that I have to keep myself busy with it. I leave that to my agent.“I do not know if he is working on it. Maybe, maybe not.”De Jong has made just 27 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax after stepping up from their youth side.He has recorded only one goal, but is considered to fit the ball player mould that Barcelona are looking for.Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is another to have been linked with a switch to Catalunya to fill Iniesta’s boots, but the Germany international has sought to distance himself from such talk.
Every now and again people achieve remarkable things in our sport, but very rarely do they receive recognition for their achievements. Over the past few weeks four people have gained their level 4 referee presenter status, Chris Harapa, Erene Devall, Scott Dews and Michael Rush. On the database of referee presenters there are only 100 people who have ever achieved this level and this award. Because of their remarkable achievement, we decided to take some time to focus on them and their involvement as Touch referees. Recently I asked each of them some questions about their involvement with Touch, what they love, what’s tough and what they see as the future of refereeing… CHRIS HARAPA: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I first started refereeing about 1990 down at the Domain lunchtime competition in Sydney as a duty ref, before a friend suggested that I take it more seriously as I was a better ref than a player. I joined South Sydney Referees the following year and they helped me get my level 1. I had lots of help then because some of the best refs then officiated at Souths; Adam Foley, Gary Mournehis, Richard Lawry, Mark Sinclair (all level 6’s & still involved in the sport). I stopped refereeing 3 years ago due to nerve damage in my back and am currently a member of the NSW Referees Panel. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? The speed & intensity of the game as well as the different standards across the park. Referees also devote a lot of time and money to the sport and this makes it hard for them and their families. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? When I refereed it was the great camaraderie and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even now as a panel member, the buzz and excitement of a tournament and seeing everyone puts a smile on my face. Also the challenge of improving, attaining higher badge levels and getting better quality games. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? I had no choice in giving up refereeing because I was forced to give it away, but when the Director of Referees, Ian Matthew invited me to assist the panel for the first time, I jumped at the chance to stay involved and give something back. Presenting and coaching is all part of the job, and I love it. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? As a referee, I attained my Level 4 State badge. As a referees’ coach, I am now a level 3 and hope one day to get that L4 at a national tournament. As a presenter, L4 as you now know. I’m also a level 1 player coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Achieving my L4 state badge and getting that blue blazer. An unbelievable semi final game at the State Cup in 1996 between the two best Womens’ sides at the time, Easts v Cronulla which went down to 3 on 3 and helped me get my level 4 badge. Also, you can’t beat our Referees’ Grading Night when you see the smile on a referee’s face when they receive their blue blazer and you helped them get there! 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? All my fellow referees through the years, the NSW Referees Panel, Ian Matthew (Director), my daughter Leah who is an inspiration (I got her involved from the age of 9 and she still loves playing now at 20), my son and best mate Dan, and my wife Megan as she is the one that encourages me and helps me to stay in Touch. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I can see a bright future ahead. Being associated with so many people that are happy to give up their time and energy as well as a genuine love for what they do, we will only get better in what we do. We are continually developing improving and delivering our courses on a regular basis as well as providing our senior and experienced referees a means to becoming coaches & presenters to help in the development of our junior, female & emerging referees. ERENE DEVALL: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I started in Kiama, NSW playing in 1980 and started refereeing as a L1 in 1983 (a life time ago) 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Its not difficult it just has lots of challenges. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The people you meet from all walks of life 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? When I started going through the levels as a referee. I have always been someone that likes to give something back – quite a few people helped me along the way – now its my turn. I also get a buzz out of seeing the people you help achieve their goals too. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? L4 Referee (retired when I became pregnant with my first child) L4 Coach and now L4 Presenter 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Coaching a great friend of mine through the system from L1 through to L6 referee and being present when he received his L6 at NTL. Too many highlights to mention one in particular – there have been so many. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? My husband has been the one to support and encourage me to achieve as I have, however, on the Touch Scene there are four people that have had the greatest influence on my career – Greg West, Ian Matthew, Lou Tomkins and Steve Fisher – they are part of the reason I stay involved. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I would like to see refereeing promoted as a sport within a sport – you either hate it or love it, there is no middle ground. I think that it does take a special type of person to become a Touch Referee. Within my career, thankfully, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. SCOTT DEWS: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I have been refereeing since the early 90’s, I became more involved & committed when I watched my wife playing rep Touch and realised I could ref at that level. I did my first tournament in ’94. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? During my time when I stopped playing and concentrated on refereeing full time, the park players in open grades basically ran the games, until I gained their respect. Now the only difficult ones are the long term players, who still need the older rules to recover (Mainly women). 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? To me being able to be involved in high level Touch games e.g.; Mens open NTL, Mens 20’s World Cup) is all the motivation I need. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? We need a level 1 coaching qualification to gain our state level badges, it was something I enjoyed, passing on information and assistance to developing referees.(My career now is adult training). 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? I gained my level 6 at NTL’s ’03 and from that and State of Origin I was invited to referee at the Youth World Cup in ’05. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Gaining the level 6 and then refereeing at the Youth World Cup in 2005. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? Ian Mathew and his panel have most definitely influenced my career. Ken Golden from this panel more than others, as he was the one that made me realise, I was the only one who could control my career as a referee. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? There is now a new system for referees to follow which will bring more female and younger referees into Touch, this can only make it stronger. MICHAEL RUSH: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I’ve been refereeing since 1991. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Players not knowing the key rules & the minority who think its open season on refs on the field. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The constant challenge during the game. You’re more involved in the game than as a player – or maybe that was just a problem with my playing! 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? As part of the refs team at a local venue, you find that after a while you have the opportunity to offer support to new refs. Getting injured and not being able to ref as much also played a key role for me later on. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? Level 4 Presenter, Level 3 Referee Coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? The memorable moments are when one of the refs you know achieves a goal (a Badge, or a level of game); but also when you see someone new come through and start to show interest in refereeing. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? One of our Refs Directors here, when I started refereeing, got me interested in sticking with refereeing and having a look at the coordinating and coaching side. More recently getting to work with some of the senior referee coaches. Also, the refs you organise courses and coaching for – a lot of really dedicated people. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? Very positive things. The arm of the sport continues to develop in terms of technical support offered. Refereeing offers a great challenge. The Presenters and Coaching qualifications offer the opportunity to set and achieve goals during and after your on-field career. Once again Touch Football Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank these referees for their contribution to refereeing and the development of our current and future Touch referees at all levels of the sport. We would also like to congratulate them on their own personal achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. By Rachel Moyle
Zola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianfranco Zola has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Callum Wilson.The Bournemouth striker has scored nine goals across all competitions this season, with reports stating the Blues were contemplating a move for the 26-year-old.And speaking before Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarterfinal, Zola said the club were interested in the England international.”I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” the Blues assistant said.”Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like him because he’s quick, but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality.”But I don’t want to go too much into it. He’s doing very well. I’m pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery: We can only make loan signingsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the club will only sign loan players this month. The Gunners want to bring Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez to the Emirates, but are reluctant to part with a fee for the 25-year-old. And Emery has confirmed the club are only looking for temporary signings.”We cannot sign anyone permanently,” Emery said ahead of the Gunners’ game against West Ham on Saturday. “Only loan players this January.”Asked specifically about Suarez, Emery added: “I do not know his situation.”But I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woesby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli is willing to do anything in a bid to end his injury woes.The attacking midfielder has suffered a series of problems in the past 18 months, especially with his hamstrings.The England star is reportedly taking up yoga and seeing a nutritionist to discover what could be causing the problems.The 23-year-old is said to prefer a high protein and low sugar diet to limit inflammation in his body, per the Daily Mail.Alli has the present international break to get back to match fitness, so that he can help Spurs halt a miserable run of results.The midfielder wants to win back his place in the team and cement himself as one of their top performers.
Brewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a planby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRhian Brewster has faith in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old whizkid made his first and only appearance for the Reds in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last month.But Brewster believes Klopp has a plan for his career.”You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly.”Just chatting to him and stuff, he says, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen,’ and I’m just waiting. I’m being patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has work to do to justify being appointed Manchester United’s new permanent manager despite winning nine of his opening 10 games in interim charge, according to former defender Gary Neville.Victory over Leicester continued the Norwegian’s unbeaten run since taking over from Jose Mourinho, following the Portuguese’s sacking in December.The only blemish on his record is the 2-2 draw with Burnley, but otherwise it has been the perfect start to Solskjaer’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Such has been his impact at Old Trafford the 45-year-old has reportedly leapfrogged Mauricio Pochettino in the race to start next term in the hot seat.United face a key run of matches against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round and Liverpool in the Premier League in February.And Neville says a decision over Solskjaer’s future should not be made until after that period, and that it would be premature to give him the job now.”I think that’s far too early [to appoint Solskjaer],” Neville, who made over 600 appearances for United, told Sky Sports.”If you’d have said to me when he got the job what the chances were as a percentage, I’d have said probably 25 per cent.”He’s had an incredible run. He’s got a far greater percentage chance now – maybe 50, 60 per cent – but Chelsea away in the FA Cup, PSG in the Champions League, Liverpool, today against Leicester.”There’s a huge challenge coming in the next five, six weeks and I think the end of March, early April is the right time to assess the body of work that Ole’s done.”Amid the run of victories, United have played with a freedom they lacked particularly towards the end of Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years in charge.Neville has been astounded by the turnaround, which has seen the likes of Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford recapture their best form.”He’s lifted the club on and off the pitch,” the ex-England international added. “It’s been an incredible turnaround, which shows you how bad the players felt before.”I never realised how bad the players’ mood could have been to see the response since.”There were certain players who, under Mourinho, played the best I’ve seen them – the likes of (Victor) Lindelof and (Jesse) Lingard – but you’ve seen what’s happened since.”Is this the reality of what those players can achieve or are we just seeing a boost? I think the answer is somewhere in between but we’ll see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
VAR was at the heart of yet another controversy in the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday as a chaotic end to the 3-3 draw saw Scotland women crash out of the competition.The Scots had a 3-0 lead over Argentina until the 74th minute of their final group game and still had a chance of progressing into the next round before their opponents struck back.Milagros Menendez fired home first for Argentina, before a Florencia Bonsegundo shot hit the crossbar and bounced in off of goalkeeper Lee Alexander to set up a nailbiting final 10 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The excitment then seemed to have reached its peak when a penalty was awarded to Argentina in the 89th minute. Alexander stopped Bonsegundo’s effort from the spot, following it up with another save, seemingly securing the win for Scotland.But play was stopped to allow the referee to review the video footage, causing a long delay. Eventually, it was ruled that Alexander had stepped off the line before the spot-kick was struck and the referee ordered a retake, with the goalkeeper seemingly marginally off the line.This time Bonsegundo hammered it straight down the middle and past Alexander, completing a remarkable comeback.But the outrage that the incident caused on social media continued after the game, with many players, fans, pundits and even actors and politicians voicing their distain for VAR. I still don’t fully understand how it works, but I understand enough to know that I hate VAR! @FIFAWWC— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) June 19, 2019Great game but let’s be honest that penalty re take was a serious serious joke….. Goalkeepers always come off there line, that referee is a disgrace…. and #VAR once again has ruined a great game of football.Feel bad for the girls, great effort, futures bright! @ScotlandNT— Tony Curran (@TonyCurran69) June 19, 2019Scotland have been completely done in by VAR in the Women’s World Cup. Two penalties conceded for the most pedantic reasons, one apparently clear not given their way.— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) June 19, 2019VAR is an absolute shambles, what a way to ruin football♂️ I’ve seen keepers on their 6 yard line before the ball is kicked…Gutted for them— Ryan Christie (@ryanchristie2) June 19, 2019Never seen anything like it. Taking VAR too far now. GK was hardly off the line! #SCOARG— Jamie Murphy (@Jamiemurphy89) June 19, 2019VAR is for pedants. Give us the game back and leave the letter of the law to lawyers.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) June 19, 2019Everytime I think Football has peaked and I’ve seen everything, it find something new. A VAR retaken penalty to help a team comeback from 3 goals down? pic.twitter.com/G8t0dz4wvG— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) June 19, 2019VAR has been existence for a season or two across most major men’s leagues. Why is it that we’re only now seeing this incredibly strict interpretation of the encroachment rule on penalties?— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 19, 2019I’m a fan of VAR… But that’s a ridiculous decision once again against Scotland…all penalties would be retaken if goalkeepers are getting called for that…— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 19, 2019VAR is exclusively for people who didn’t get picked for the school football team.— Rory’s Da (Sponsored by Good Pizza) (@EHDMJU) June 19, 2019VAR can only work when the people processing the incident understand football, which as it stands they don’t.— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) June 19, 2019
Alex Iwobi is on the verge of a dramatic record breaking move to Everton.The Toffees saw a £30 million ($36.4m) bid rejected by Arsenal for the winger on Wednesday, but returned with a new offer on Thursday ahead of the 5pm BST (12pm ET) summer transfer deadline.Arsenal accepted the bid, which Goal has been told could eventually total up to £40m ($48.6m), and paperwork has now been filed to the Premier League by the Goodison Park outfit asking for an extension to get the deal done. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Premier League has stated that six deal sheets were submitted before the 5pm deadline and the clubs working on those deals now have until 7pm to get them over the line.Providing Iwobi’s move is finalised before 7pm, he will become Arsenal’s record ever departure, beating the previous record set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £36m move to Liverpool in 2017.Iwobi was a key player for Unai Emery last season, making 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring six gaols.But he was not a regular starter and his opportunities would have been limited further during the coming campaign following the arrival of Nicolas Pepe and the return of Reiss Nelson following his loan spell with Hoffenheim.The Gunners meanwhile still expect to confirm the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m ($9.7m) deal.Luiz has had a medical and spent the afternoon at London Colney putting the finishing touches to his switch from Stamford Bridge.A deal sheet was submitted before the 5pm deadline, so the two clubs have until 7pm to finalise the transfer.Once confirmed, Luiz will join Kieran Tierney at the Emirates after the left-back completed his deadline day move from Celtic for £25m ($30.4m).The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.3 shirt.“It feels great,” said Tierney. “I’m delighted to be here.“Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.”On having to leave Celtic, his boyhood club, Tierney added: “It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make.“I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well.“I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here.”
Real Madrid would be among the favourites for this season’s Champions League if they signed Neymar, according to Gheorghe Hagi.The Brazil superstar has been linked to the Spanish giants, as well as former club Barcelona, and he was absent as Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.Madrid are prepared to swoop in with a bid in excess of €100 million (£92m/$112m) for him, though Goal understands Barca could convince PSG to sell with an offer of €50m plus Philippe Coutinho and Nelson Semedo . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG’s sporting director Leonardo hinted Neymar could be close to leaving the French capital, saying negotiations over his exit were “more advanced” but says no agreement has been made .Madrid have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea during the off-season and Hagi – who played for Los Blancos between 1990 and 1992 – says the addition of Neymar would make them a formidable force in the 2019-20 campaign.”They can win easier,” he told Super Deportivo Radio . “Without a doubt. If they sign Neymar and with the Hazard signing, they can win the Champions League again.”[Zinedine] Zidane will then have to find a place for each one, but it’s the best thing that can happen to a coach. You just have to motivate them.”Neymar has struggled to hit the heights of his time at Barca following his move to France, but Hagi is confident that he would rekindle his best form back in Spain.”There are times that he is good and sometimes he is not,” he added. “The value of the player is the same. He is a player who would do well for all the teams in the world.”Hagi was also drawn on the age-old debate of whether he prefers Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 54-year-old opting for the Barca star.”I would love to be his coach, but I confess that I choose Messi because I have a small weakness for him being left-footed,” he explained.”I was a left-footed footballer myself. I can’t choose another one, it’s my style.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It’s game week in the college football world. Finally.The 2018 regular season is set to have its first full Saturday of games this weekend. There are several notable games, from Alabama-Louisville to Michigan-Notre Dame to Miami-LSU.Several outlets have been updating their predictions heading into the weekend.ESPN published some College Football Playoff predictions this morning. The Worldwide Leader believes two teams will “decide” the playoff.Those two teams: Auburn and Ohio State.Even with Urban Meyer suspended for the first three games of the season, Ohio State and the entire Big Ten will have arguably the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff race this fall, according to ESPN’s Playoff Predictor.Ohio State and Auburn will combine to play in the six of the seven most important games of the season, and five of the eight games with the biggest impact on the CFP race will feature two Big Ten teams. Ohio State’s games against Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan are each amongst the seven most important games — and Meyer will be coaching in all of them — along with Auburn’s games against Washington, Georgia and Alabama.Both Auburn and Ohio State are legitimate playoff contenders. And, clearly, they’ll be playing in several big-time contests this fall.You can view ESPN’s full predictions here.
College football players aren’t the only ones who can suffer injuries on game days. Sometimes, the mascots go down.That’s what happened on Saturday during Colorado’s home victory over New Hampshire.Colorado’s mascot went down with a horrifying injury after a misfire with a T-shirt cannon.WARNING: This is kind of graphic.T-SHIRT CANNON TO THE DICK @CUBarstool pic.twitter.com/0a0top515u— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 19, 2018The mascot had to be carted off the field. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/h8w8RFnLNN— jac nickuemard (@jacnickuemard) September 19, 2018Hopefully everything is OK now.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions look on from the Nebraska Cornhuskers sideline while they played the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 45-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Nebraska legend Ndamukong Suh has a chance to make history and win his first Super Bowl next weekend.Suh is in his first season with the Los Angeles Rams, who are set to take on the dynastic New England Patriots in Atlanta.Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is in his ninth NFL season.Before his pro career, he was an absolute monster at Nebraska, where he played three seasons under Bill Callahan and one under Bo Pelini.In Lincoln, Suh became a unanimous All-American as a senior, winning the Outland Trophy, Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Lombari and Bednarik Awards, and was the first defensive player to win AP Player of the Year.He also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, a rarity for a defensive player.Since Bo Pelini’s firing, Ndamukong Suh’s relationship with Nebraska has been a bit frayed, but it may be under repair with Scott Frost at the helm.Frost obviously had a Nebraska background before becoming head coach, and that was important to Suh, who returned to Lincoln for the first time since 2013 back in September.Unfortunately, the game he was set to watch—Nebraska vs. Akron—was cancelled due to area storms, but he still had the chance to interact with the new Nebraska football administration.He spoke about the trip, and Scott Frost, with the Lincoln Journal-Star recently:Suh, a Portland, Oregon, native, has known Frost dating back to Frost’s days at Oregon.“I think he’s a good person and I think he’ll change the program and culture and get it to where it was,” Suh said. “I don’t know (athletic director) Bill Moos that well, met him one time when he was back, but I’ve heard nothing but great things from mutual friends. I know he was at Oregon, which I have a ton of ties to, and heard some good things.“I think it’s a good situation and we’ve just got to continue to run the organization the Nebraska way. We can’t get away from that.”Even though Suh didn’t get to see a game last fall, it seems like the Husker great is coming back to the program, which is obviously a positive for all involved.[Lincoln Journal-Star]
The tight end position is expected to be manned by former walk-on J.C. Chalk. Braden Galloway is listed as the co-starter there, but he is ineligible this season after being suspended due to a failed drug test ahead of last year’s College Football Playoff. He may be able to return to the post-season, but that is unclear so far.Behind them are freshmen Jaelyn Lay and Davis Allen, converted linebacker Luke Price, and Georgia Southern transfer J.L. Banks.Earlier this off-season, it was suggested that Garrett Williams could leave the program and join the military.His family has a long history of service, and Williams is recovering from a knee injury.Dabo Swinney is definitely not surprised by his absence. From The Post and Courier back in February:“He’s around this spring and is going to be out there helping us, but he’s dealing with his health issues. He’s getting his knee back right and he’s got a lot of things he’s dealing with. But he really wants to go into the military,” Swinney said, referring to Williams’ long-term goal. “Right now, he’s probably not going to be back.”[…]“Since I’ve gotten hurt, I’ve kind of gone back and forth on what I want to do,” Williams said. “I know there are positives to both.“If I could be an infantry officer, I think that would be an awesome career. It would be a cool opportunity and an honor to serve.”It’s hard to take any umbrage with that decision by Williams. It will be very interesting to see how Clemson looks to fill this pretty significant hole in the offense. TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers hugs Garrett Williams #44 after he rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)For all of the talent on the team, Clemson has a serious issue at tight end. A new update to the depth chart amplifies that, as it appears that veteran Garrett Williams is moving on from the program.Williams was not much of a receiving threat for the Tigers, but was a solid blocker. If he was set to play this fall, he was probably set up for a big role in the offense.Instead, it looks like his football days are behind him. Williams is nowhere to be seen on the depth chart.#Clemson releases its 2019 depth chart.Some dude named Trevor Lawrence is starting at QB. @abc_columbia pic.twitter.com/xDAQBEqbAC— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) July 15, 2019
Harbaugh ultimately believes that Michigan is the one school that can compete athletically and academically with any other program.“Most of the players we recruit are good enough to play for Alabama or Clemson and smart enough to play for Ivy League schools,” Harbaugh said. “If you don’t win in the classroom on Monday, you won’t be here for many Saturdays.”Here is the full excerpt:This is from Michigan’s Matt Dudek via the Forbes review is the book. Gag me. https://t.co/FqfmG5ZrBw pic.twitter.com/1Y3vsYvaJB— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 22, 2019It’s a bold take from Harbaugh, who evidently isn’t lacking confidence when it comes to his school pride.This probably won’t be the last we hear from Harbaugh, especially with Bacon’s book on the verge of being released. ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh was heavily criticized on Wednesday for his comments made to Michigan insider John U. Bacon. The head coach of the Wolverines reportedly said “it’s hard to beat the cheaters.”Well, it appears Harbaugh is under fire again for his latest remarks.In September, Bacon plans on releasing a new book called Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football. It’ll dive into the Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor.Obviously Harbaugh is very proud of Michigan, but the polarizing coach might be knocking down other schools at their expense. The latest quote from him that is going viral addresses the type of student-athletes that he tries to recruit.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is seen prior to the start of the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sanford Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)Week 4 is in the books, and as we look ahead to Week 5, the new AP poll Top 25 has been released.The results of this weekend caused a lot of changes in the rankings. That’s what happens when you have multiple matchups between ranked teams and a handful of upsets.Georgia beating Notre Dame, Auburn topping Texas A&M and Wisconsin whipping Michigan all played a role in the movement in the AP poll. So did USC’s upset of Utah and Pitt’s stunning win over UCF, among other results.The AP has updated its top 25 poll following Week 4. Here it is:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaLSUOhio StateOklahomaAuburnWisconsinFloridaNotre DameTexasPenn StateOregonIowaCalBoise StateWashingtonVirginiaUtahMichiganUSCUCFTexas A&MKansas StateMichigan StateThe full Coaches’ Poll top 25 can be seen here.In Week 5, we’ll see Notre Dame host Virginia and USC travel to Washington. Those are the two biggest meetings between ranked opponents.
Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateGetting Pujara out in both the innings and allowing him to score a solitary run in the entire game, Sarwate made a mockery out of the Test specialist in the Ranji Trophy final.advertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 17:20 IST Aditya Sarwate (PTI Photo)An unfamiliar name in the echelons of Indian cricket, 29-year-old all-rounder Aditya Sarwate starred both with the bat and the ball in the Ranji Trophy final to show he is a big match player.The left-arm spinner took eleven wickets in the marquee clash and made a valuable contribution of 49 runs in the second innings to setup 204-run target against Saurashtra.Sarwate fondly remembers the time he had during the match.”The match was like a dream come true. Every player dreams to win a final for his team, it was the same with me. I will cherish it for the rest of my life,” he told Mail Today from Nagpur.The match had many glittering moments but his battle with in-form Cheteshwar Pujara was the highlight of the match.Getting Pujara out in both the innings and allowing him to score a solitary run in the entire game, Sarwate made a mockery out of the Test specialist. The spinner, however, said the luck was on his side during the match.”We wanted to get him (Pujara) out early as we knew once he gets set at the crease he will take the game away from us. I feel I just got lucky to get him out early in both the innings as I had no special plan in mind against him,” remembered Sarwate.Beginning his club cricket career at the age of 18, Ranji Trophy selection came late for Sarwate. Despite consistent performance at the club level, the first-class cricketer made his Ranji debut back in 2015 at the age of 25.advertisementFour years later, it’s hard to believe the ‘batting all-rounder’ (as he likes to call himself) is the third-highest wicket-taker of the recently-concluded season with 55 wickets in 11 games.Sarwate credits Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit, who always kept him on his toe to deliver his best, for the fairytale turnaround. “Chandrakant sir has a very disciplined and straight-forward approach towards coaching. Either you perform or perish. I believe it is the right approach as it pushed us to performance at best of our capabilities,” said Sarwate.The off-spinner carried his form into the Irani Trophy as well by taking three wickets on the first innings of Irani Trophy, which included prized scalps of Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari. And late on Day three, picked the wicket of Mayank Agarwal.Sarwate (18 runs) also played a crucial role with the bat as he stitched a 58-run stand with centurion Akshay Karnewar after half of the side went back to pavillion after adding just 168 runs to the board in reply to Rest of India’s 330.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Aditya SarwateFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ranji Trophy finalFollow Chandrakant Patil
Moto G7 to launch in India soon: Expected price, features and all you need to knowMotorola will launch the G7 in India on March 25, as suggested by its social media teasers. The G7 has already launched in Brazil a few months ago and will be a competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe G7 sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a waterdrop notch. The Moto G7 is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset.The G7 Plus gets 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera system.Motorola launched its 2019 range of Moto G series phones in Brazil last month. The company announced four models under the Moto G7 moniker, of which the Moto G7 Power made it to India a few weeks ago. The Moto G7 Power launched at a price of Rs 13,999 and offered a big 5000mAh battery. However, Motorola is set to launch the other G7 models in India and the next model being prepped up for launch is the Moto G7. The company has already started teasing the model and will launch it on March 25.Motorola is currently promoting the G7 with regards to its design and software features. The Moto G7 carries forward the same glass-metal construction from the Moto G6 from last year. There’s a 3D curved glass body with a dual camera setup situated at the back. The company is also flaunting the new waterdrop notched display up front. Since Motorola phones run on a fairly clean version of Android, the company will be offering Google Lens on the phone as well.Moto G7 specificationsThe Moto G7 is a successor to the Moto G6 and is meant to cater to consumers seeking for a midrange smartphone under Rs 20,000. The Moto G7 is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In typical Motorola fashion, the G7 runs on an almost stock version of Android 9 Pie and will come with Motorola’s custom enhancements such as Moto gestures and shortcuts.The G7 sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a waterdrop notch on the top. When it comes to the camera, the G7 Plus gets 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera system but loses out on the Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) from the G7 Plus. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel camera at the front. The G7 is kept alive by a 3000mAh battery and is expected to offer a full day’s stamina.advertisementMoto G7 expected price in IndiaConsidering the aggressive pricing for the Moto G7 Power launched a few weeks ago, we expect the standard Moto G7 to come in India between Rs 15,000 – Rs 17,000. At this price, the G7 has a lot of competition from other established brands.The Redmi Note 7 Pro even at Rs 16,999 offers better value when compared to the Moto G7. The Note 7 Pro has a superior Snapdragon 675 chipset and a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary rear camera. Samsung’s new Galaxy A30 and galaxy M30 are also strong competitors to the Moto G7. The Nokia 6.1 Plus at Rs 14,999 also offers an Android One experience with a slightly more powerful chipset.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play launched: Price, Specifications and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Brain goes against brawnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow androidFollow smartphonesFollow Lenovo
CSK vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingCSK vs KKR Match: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Match 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019).advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 11:33 IST CSK vs KKR, IPL 2019 live stream: In-form CSK and KKR will loclk horns in Chennai on Tuesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in a battle of in-form teams, in the Indian Premier League at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.While CSK have been at the top of their game at home, KKR are sitting at the top of the points table with four wins from five games. Although both the teams are equal on points — eight apiece — KKR have a better net run-rate of +1.058 over CSK’s +0.159CSK will go into the match with a lot of confidence as they defended a modest 160 in their last home fixture against Chennai Super Kings after the visitors looked like running away with the game at one point of time.KKR go into the match after another clinical finish, as they walloped Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a one-sided contest. They first restricted Royals to 139/3 before chasing down the target in just 14 overs with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine giving their team a flying start.The fact that KKR have the best spin line-up along with CSK will ensure that Dhoni & Co. would seek a track that is slightly more sporting.On their day, the likes of Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla can spin a web around the best of the batsmen and that will definitely be on the mind of the CSK think-tank.Where will the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium from 8 PM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KKR?Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N. Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, K.M. AsifKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Yarra Prithviraj, K.C. Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Lockie FergusonAlso Read | CSK coach Fleming says too much focus on Andre Russell will come at ‘own peril’Also Watch | Dwayne Bravo gives Chennai Super Kings teammate a new hairstyleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow CSK VS KKRFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 live stream
India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 12:16 IST Amala PaulEven though there is no official statement from Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies about the rumoured adaptation of epic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan, there is a lot of buzz about the film.Earlier, it was said that Lyca Productions backed out of the project due to budget constraints. Now, Mani Ratnam is apparently in talks with Reliance Entertainment to bankroll his film. The latest rumour is that Amala Paul has been roped in for Ponniyin Selvan.According to a Tamil daily, Amala Paul has bagged a vital role in the film, which will be made in multiple languages. Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mohan Babu are already said to be part of the projects.In addition to that, Nayanthara, Aishwarya Rajesh and Keerthy Suresh have also been approached for important roles in the film. However, Mani Ratnam is tight-lipped, as always, about this film too.His last film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, a multi-starrer, turned out to be a huge hit. The film had Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles.ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay-Atlee film a sports entertainer?ALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow Mani Ratnam Mani Ratnam ropes in Amala Paul for Ponniyin Selvan?Amala Paul is the latest actor to be brought on board for Ponniyin Selvan, Mani Ratnam’s ambitious film. The actress seems to have bagged an important role in the project.advertisement